Epic Games has handed down a lifetime ban from Fortnite for pro player and FaZe Clan member Jarvis Kaye for cheating.
Kaye, whose YouTube channel is just shy of two million subscribers, was banned for using an aimbot—a tool that automatically lines up a player’s crosshairs to an enemy—in a public, online match.
The use of aimbot software is forbidden under Fortnite’s rules, and Epic Games maintains a zero-tolerance policy on cheaters. Aimbots remain one of the most popular ways of cheating in the game, as they can quickly increase a player’s kill count. Players typically risk having their account locked and deleted if they are caught using it.
Epic Games Cracks Down on Cheating
Jarvis Kaye’s Fortnite ban is to date the harshest and most public way that Epic Games has punished cheating. In 2018, the game publisher acquired Finnish game security firm Kamu to prevent players from subverting the rules.
According to Forbes, two players competing in the Fortnite World Cup online qualifiers were caught colluding to help each other. Both players were banned from Fortnite for two weeks but still collected enough points to qualify for the $30 million tournament later on by Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf.
Last month, Epic Games settled a case against a minor who both posted YouTube videos of cheats and sold cheating software.
“We take cheating very seriously on both a legal and game development front,” reads the Fortnite FAQ. “We don’t want to tip our hand by talking in-depth about how we combat cheating. Cheaters are permanently banned across all Epic products.”
Kaye Takes Responsibility, Asks Epic Games to Reconsider Lifetime Ban from Fortnite
In a tearful apology video, Kaye apologized to Epic Games.
“Epic, I know I have to take accountability for my actions and I’m going to do my best to accept any punishment that comes my way. I’m not trying to find a quick road out but being banned forever is just—a lifetime ban—is just, I just didn’t this would happen.”
In the original, now-deleted video where Kaye uses the aimbot, he explained he made a new account to do so.
“When you make a new account and you use aimbot, you’ll get banned really easily,” he said. “I’m not trying to get banned instantly.”
Some fans and fellow professional players have come to Kaye’s defense in the hopes of convincing Epic Games to lift his lifetime Fortnite ban. The #FreeJarvis hashtag has also been trending on social media.
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